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AF Chief of Chaplains makes historic visit


Maj. Gen. Dondi E. Costin, United States Air Force Chief of Chaplains visited the Warriors of the North and Cavalier Air Force Station, N.D., Feb. 16, 2017.

Costin served as the keynote speaker for the National Prayer Breakfast held on Grand Forks Air Force Base before heading to Cavalier AFS.

He focused on the concept, “Faith Works,” which he said is how data and research have determined that people of faith are generally more successful and well-rounded. He linked this to the goals of Comprehensive Airman Fitness and how faith plays an important role.

Costin said one of his favorite things about visiting places like Grand Forks AFB and Cavalier AFS is, even after his many years of service, he gets to see and learn about new things our Airmen are doing to defend freedom.

While at Cavalier AFS, Costin spoke about his sincere gratitude toward Airmen and those sentiments are echoed in how he describes the goal of the Chaplain Corps.

“When all is said and done, the chaplain corps is there to help people,” said Costin. “To help every Airman and as many family members as possible to live up to their potential as best they can.”

While on Grand Forks AFB, Chief Master Sgt. Dale W. McGavran, chaplain assistant career field manager, took the time to speak with the Airman Leadership School class graduating on Feb. 16, 2017.

Chief McGavran spoke about the importance of Comprehensive Airman Fitness.

“Airmen today, more than ever, need to be well-rounded Airmen,” said McGavran.

Costin’s visit was the first time in history the Air Force Chief of Chaplains made the trek to Cavalier AFS and he made had fun talking about the surprisingly nice weather he enjoyed while visiting North Dakota in February.

“God knows how thin my blood is,” said Costin. “If there is any evidence that there are answered prayers, then this February heat wave would be clear evidence that he has heard and answered my prayers.”